Axel Engdahl (1863-1922) was a Swedish actor, revue writer and theater director. Emil Norlander (1865-1935) was a Swedish journalist, author, songwriter and producer of musical revues.
In the early 20th Century Swedish revue songs were introduced to Swedish-American audiences through recordings on the Columbia, Edison and Victor labels. Among those recording the music were Ingeborg Laudon, Bert Leman, Gösta Nyström, Elis Olson-Ellis, Hjalmar Peterson, Calle Sjöquist and Charles G. Widdén.
PLAYLIST — See PDF files for song lyrics — Tracks 01-65 Various artists Tracks 01-09 Axel Engdahl Tracks 10-65 Emil Norlander
SONG BY AXEL ENGDAHL http://www.dagensvisa.com/minata/texter/tallrik.html
Axel Engdahl's "Brevet Till Atalanta" was recorded by Charles G. Widdén as "Sjömansvisa". The song begins with the spoken introduction: "Letter from naval conscript Adrian Blomsterlök, born and raised in Marstrand, to dishwasher Atalanta Fager at the tourist hotel located there."
SONGS BY EMIL NORLANDER Svenning and Hellström's "Friarevalsen" (The Suitor’s Waltz) was given a second life when Emil Norlander borrowed its melody for his revue "Tokiga Amelie" (Crazy Amelie). Norlander wrote new words for the song and called it "Balen På Bakgården" (The Dance In The Back Yard).
In a rare departure from musical comedy, Emil Norlander penned the lyrics to "Fredssång" (Peace Song), which begins with the lines: "Varför skola mänskor strida, varför skall det flyta blod." (Why should people fight, why should blood flow.) This pacifist anthem, written at the time of the First World War, has been recorded numerous times and published in a variety of songbooks.
"Lycklige John" was Norlander's humorous tribute to the Swedish opera singer John Forsell. Its melody was taken from the comic American song "Lucky Jim", which Charles G. Widdén recorded as "Lycklige Jim".
"Spiskroksvalsen" had lyrics by Rosa Grünberg and music Kal Dompan. A second version of the song had lyrics by Norlander.
The words and music for "Kväsarvalsen" were by Arthur Högstedt. Emil Norlander wrote the lyrics for "Tjenis Amanda", which he set to Högstedt’s melody.